One of the most fascinating and unusual Australian animals, the duck-billed platypus, along with the echidna, are the only known monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, in existence. The platypus is generally found in permanent river systems and lakes in southern and eastern NSW and east and west of the Great Dividing Range.
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The amphibious platypus has a duck-like bill, webbed feet and a broad, flattened tail. Early English scientists were completely baffled by the appearance of the platypus, with many believing it to be a hoax species.
The platypus breeds in spring, laying between 1 and 3 eggs which are incubated for around 10 days.
Shy by nature and mainly nocturnal, you’re most likely to catch a glimpse of a platypus in the early morning or late evening as they dive for food, using their sensitive bill to detect larvae and insects.
- Common name
- Scientific name
- Ornithorhynchus anatinus
- Conservation status in NSW
Parks in which this animal is found
- Brisbane Water National Park
- Budderoo National Park
- Guula Ngurra National Park
- High Plains area in Kosciuszko National Park
- Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve
- Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park
- Lower Snowy River area in Kosciuszko National Park
- Monga National Park
- Murray Valley Regional Park
- Selwyn area in Kosciuszko National Park
- Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
- Tumut area in Kosciuszko National Park
- Yarrangobilly area in Kosciuszko National Park